Fire Situation Report – March 17, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services




PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/16/16 thru 03/17/16       


NE Area –  3 Fires Burned 47 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary)

EC Area –  1 Fire Burned 40 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris)

SE Area –  1 Fire Burned 5 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris)


Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:                                         

  • Tech Fire (Latimer County 03/16/16) – 678 Acres, 100% Contained   


    Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area:             No New Activity


    OFS Prescribed Fire Activity:                                                                         No Activity                                                           


    * Protection Area Statistics do not reflect local fire department’s fire run information.  Statistics are for the ODAFF-Forestry Services’ fifteen county Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion section of this report.


    FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** from recorded on 03/16/16 thru 03/17/16

  • 1 Fire Burned 34 Acres (Cause: 1-Electrical) Blackwell FD Reporting

** - These statistics are from Fire Departments that have recorded their information on the Oklahoma, Forestry Services web-based Fire Reporting System.  Totals do not reflect the total acres burned or total number of fires that have occurred in Oklahoma. 


Statewide Discussion:  Persistent fire danger with dry conditions is expected across much of northern and western Oklahoma today. A smattering of rain this morning in southern Oklahoma and thunderstorm opportunity today in southeast Oklahoma dampens fire danger in that area.


High fire danger indices are expected north of I-40 as relative humidity values again drop well below 30% in most places.  Much of this area will see relative humidity values in the mid-20% range with far northwest and Panhandle counties potentially registering in below 20% at the peak of the burning period along with temperatures 62°-67°.  Conditions similar to yesterday are expected with very dry fine-dead fuels near 5% fuel moisture and some locations tapping 4%; however light southeast to south winds at 5-10 mph and limited gusts along with partial sky cover should offer good opportunity for successful initial attack.




Harper and Cimarron Counties have issued a county burn ban.  For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link:


Remember…  ONLY YOU can prevent wildfires!  Enjoy Oklahoma’s wildlands responsibly.

Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the

Arson Tip Line:  1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by:  Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Forestry Services - ODAFF